Spyglass: Volume LII | Issue VI | May 2011


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May 2011 2 PAGE what’s inside SPYGLASS SPYGLASS feature 3May 2011 PAGE From desperation to dedication Spyglass is a student publication of the Newspaper class at Joplin High School in Joplin, Missouri. All articles are studentproduced, and all opinions are those of the newspaper staff. Spyglass is produced approximately monthly and is delivered to all students, faculty, and staff of Joplin High School. Spyglass Staff Sarah Sticklen, Editor Taylor Camden, Assistant Editor Colin Hughes Lydia McAllister Caravana Randall Shelby Hass Lyndsay Cobb Elisabeth Heimberg Emma Meek Miah Allison Keegan Tinney Cartoonist: Gus Oberg All students write stories, take photographs, sell advertisements and design pages. Please direct all correspondence, letters to the editor, news ideas, and other material for the staff to Mrs, Crane give to any staff member, or email to: mwcrane@joplin.k12.mo.us. Story and photo by Shelby Hass What began as an illegal and desperate attempt to cope with the difficulties of life, ended as an effective turning point in the life of sophomore, Zachery Prickett. He recalls nearly a year ago when he was busted for smoking marijuana at school. “I had to stay in Juvy (Juvenile Hall) for several days. I went to court and they basically gave me an ultimatum—probation, or rehab. I knew if I just went on probation that I would probably keep doing what I was doing,” said Prickett. “I chose rehab because I wanted to learn how to quit.” Prickett stayed at the Joplin Preferred Family Healthcare (PFH) for eight weeks, What’s Inside.... where he, along with other teen addicts, particpated in recovery-based activities such as morning meditation, reading from the NA (Narcotics Anonymous) Daily Reflections Book and completing schoolwork. Teachers “We had to really start talking about things that were going on with us,” said Prickett of the daily group discussions. “I learned that Retire sometimes, being vulnerable is a good thing.” Prickett celebrated his one-year anniversary since going into remission on April 16, 2011. pg. 4 “It was pretty awesome because I’ve been waiting for this for a while,” said Prickett of the huge milestone. “My life is going way better now than it ever was.” One major thing Prickett says he learned was that he needed to fill his time with other hobbies rather than turning to drugs. “Addiction is actually a disease, and that can be an addiction to anything, not Signings just drugs,” said Prickett. “I realized if you can get addicted to something like video games, that’s much better for you.” Prickett attributes much of his successful recovery to becoming “addicted” to healthier things such as guitar and his faith. “My dad got me a guitar for Christmas, and it’s actually really therapeutic because you know that you’re doing something with your hands. You’re the one creating the music,” he said. “But one of the biggest changes in my life since I got out of rehab is that I started going to church and became re-addicted to Christ.” Another critical part of Prickett’s recovery is his continued participation in Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meetings, he said. “What happens in a meeting stays in a meeting. You can say anything and they won’t judge you,” said Prickett. “The great thing about NA and church is that people don’t just walk out on you,” said Prickett. “Like your (NA) sponsor, for example; they will be there to help you no matter what, even if means leaving work to come get you.” Prickett says that altogether his whole life has changed since he went into remission; from healthier relationships with family and friends, to better grades in school, and feeling more in touch with himself than ever before. Finally Prickett says he would like others to know that becoming addicted is more complicated than people think. “It’s not always just trying to fit in. Sometimes it’s to cover emotions from your past.” Prickett has a few words of advice for anyone who is feeling this way: “Don’t turn to drugs. That makes more problems. The best thing to do is turn to someone, and don’t be afraid to open up.” pg.7 Constitution Save A Life tour shows JHS the way Team pg.8 Musical pg.9 Seniors say goodbye pg.10 Front page and inside photo’s by Spyglass and Yearbook staff. Story by Caravana Randall At JHS, safe driving is a high priority. One way this is encouraged is by allowing the “Save A Life Tour” to come present their message, with the assistance of the JHS chapter of SADD. For the past four years, “Save A Life Tour” has made an appearance to help educate students. The tour was established 11 years ago, created by Robert Kramer, a father who lost his son in a driving accident 25 years before. This tour is shown not only in high schools but also military bases, colleges and even malls and theaters. Funding for the project comes from everyday individuals and celebrities such as Alicia Keys. The tour was created to show people the effects bad driving decisions can have on themselves and others. Drunk driving, texting and driving, and seatbelt use are all areas that are discussed. During the seminar students listen to a guest speaker and watch a 20-minute video about unsafe driving. This year’s speaker was CeJay Rich whose sister died in a drunk driving accident at the age of 20. Rich says telling his story does help but what is most effective is the video. “You need to see the visual, it’s all about the visual,” said Rich. After the formal presentation, students participate in educational activities to illustrate why to drive safely. This year they saw a coffin, used a drunk driving simulator worth 2.4 million dollars, answered questions for a survey, used drunk driving goggles, interacted with the speaker, received information pamphlets and used the new texting and driving simulator. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) helped out with the tour, standing at each booth helping other students try each activity. SADD began in the 1980’s as an extension of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Once started, it grew rapidly and became its own organization. “If we can change the mind of just one student with this type of event it makes it worth while. Regardless of what age we are, we are all human and we are all subject to dieing. As long as one person can wake up and realize that is true, then SADD and everything we do is worth it,” said Amy Carr, JHS teacher and SADD sponsor for the past seven years. From SADD at JHS to the world wide “Save a Life Tour,” the same message can be heard. “Drinking and driving is something you can’t do. Some think they can because they’ve never done it before. We try to get some of the obvious things out of the way, so they don’t make mistakes before life has begun,” said Rich. Photo curtesy of savealifetour.com


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May 2011 4 PAGE teacher feature SPYGLASS SPYGLASS teacher feature 5May 2011 PAGE With this long year at JHS coming to an end, we will not only By SarAafhteSrt 3ic9k yleenars of teaching, Mrs. Betty Robinson-Gray, better known say goodbye to seniors, but also to some JHS teachers around the halls of JHS as Mrs. R.G., will retire—but not without leaving an impression on Joplin High. “I will miss sharing my knowledge with kids,” said RobisonGray. “I can’t think of a better way to Robinson-Gray stepped into the teaching world hoping to not just have spent my life.” By Caravana Randall make an impact on the lives of her students, but society as well. and coaching. After dedicating 30 years of my life to “I grew up during segregation. And I thought if I could become a She will miss her colleagues, she said. But it is clear she is not Paul Chambers has been teaching in Joplin that, I’m ready to put time in other interests,” said teacher, I could help bridge that gap,” said Robinson-Gray. leaving without first having made a for 19 years, having taught in Kansas, Butler, and Lockwood. Chambers began teaching at JHS in 1989 with an undergraduate degree in history and a masters in education. He enjoyed that it was closer to home and the prospects of a large school setting. “I wanted to coach and I loved history. So teaching was a natural fit,” said Chambers. At this time Chambers is the track coach. He has also coached football, basketball, volleyball, cross country and swimming. In his time teaching and coaching, it’s been hard for him to have activities of his own outside of work. Chambers. “I plan to garden and raise and train bird Robinson-Gray remembers her first students remarking on how she dogs.” “taught like a white teacher,” and she sought to get the students to look past Though Chambers thinks he is ready to leave, skin color. he will miss certain things about JHS. “If you’re a human being, you’re a human being,” she said. “I have a lot of friends I may miss working Robinson-Gray remembers always wanting to be a teacher. She with. But those that I’m close to I hope to stay in touch believes this goal came from both her aunt’s love of teaching, who taught with,” said Chambers. “I’ve loved the opportunity to teach here and with our students that I have no regrets about choosing education for my career.” Chambers said he isn’t surprised by the number of JHS teachers retiring. “Things are changing in education. A lot of it is for the best. But it can be hard to adjust, especially to the time that it now requires to be able to get Robinson-Gray to read at the age of three, and her father’s love of books. Robinson-Gray began teaching in the Joplin R-VIII District in 1972, and while here has taught a wide array of classes ranging from sociology to parenting to American history; but her favorite classes to teach are world history and psychology. She enjoys helping students learn about civilization and the world at large, especially the ancient world and how it affects students’ lives now. positive impression on them. Mrs. Amy Carr, social studies teacher whose classroom is just across the hall from Robinson-Gray’s, said she was told when she first began teaching that if she “latched on to Mrs. R.G., then she couldn’t go wrong.” “She has been more than just a mentor, she has been a very, very good friend,” said Carr. “She will be sorely missed. But she will be in this hallway.” “I have other things to do besides teaching everything done,” he said. By Taylor Camden practice patience and kindness when dealing with my By Emma Meek In 25 years Melinda Heater, a JHS chemistry teacher, students. It was not always an easy task,” said Heater. has enriched the lives of over 3500 students who have Heater expresses sadness when discussing her For 33 years, Bonnie Schurman, better known as “BC,” has been teaching and directing at Joplin High attended Joplin High School during her teaching career. retirement, but is still excited to begin a new chapter in her School. At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, Heater will be life. “I honestly think it is a calling. From the moment I started I knew I was where I was supposed to be,” says retiring. “I’m moving to the Texas Hill Country to become a Schurman about her reasoning for choosing her profession. However, it was more than just the teaching that Heater began in the Joplin School District student country band groupie,” said Heater. Moving to a new state drew her into the job. teaching at Memorial High School, and later began will be a big change for Heater, but she is excited to make “I would hate to just teach,” she admits. Being the adviser of the International Thespian Society as well teaching at Parkwood High School. She always liked the the adjustment. as directing all school plays allows BC to interact with the students on a varied level. Joplin School District she said. “There are too many moments where you make the connection to students. It’s always about students.” Although Schurman has enjoyed her time at JHS, she is looking forward to her retirement. “I’m a little sad, but I’m confident that my replacement will do a great job,” said Heater. “Less stress, fewer deadlines… It gives me the greatest joy, but it is stressful,” says Schurman. Heater says that she will greatly miss the science Students have been Schurman’s main drive throughout her career. She has received many Golden Apple faculty, for they are a close group of friends. But nominations as well as received a state wide teaching award earlier this year. specifically, she will miss her students. “I have felt very honored to work with incredible students for all these years who have given freely of “I hope that students will notice that I tried to their talent, time, and love. I will miss that.” By Shelby Hass For Charles Parker, teaching was the opportunity to make a difference, but landing a teaching position at JHS that would end up lasting 26 years actually began by accident. “On a whim, my wife said let’s check the R-8 school district for anything. I left my application on a By Keegan Tinney Nearly 20 years and at least 226,800 miles later, Gary Livingston will retire from the Joplin School Not only will Parker be missed for his teaching, District. He has been teaching in the district for 23 but also for the other school activities he has taken years. part in over the years—building sets for various school Before becoming a teacher, Livingston was in plays and musicals, playing French horn with the band, the Army as a Military Policeman. Upon the discharge and judging several debates. from the military, Livingston made an occupational Parker says what he will miss most are the change from law enforcement to education. “Never the students, and the worst part about this job is having to drive 70 miles everyday to and from work.” Livingston, who lives in Pittsburg, made the drive for 18 years to Joplin Schools. American History, World History, Geography, Communication Arts and Sociology have been some of Livingston’s teaching assignments. “My favorite class to teach is Monday, and had the job by that Wednesday,” he said. students, his 26 liquid nitrogen labs, and the 49 school thought I would become a teacher when I was Sociology,” he said. Parker took the position with a masters in productions he has helped build sets for, but he is younger,” said Livingston. Future plans for Livingston are for he and education, and minors in chemistry, history, and looking forward to the future. “There is great job security with the education his wife of 34 years to move to Alaska where one english. After retiring, Parker plans to teach classes at field and I didn’t want to be civilian police,” said of their two children resides. “It’s just beautiful After years of teaching chemistry at JHS, Crowder College, earn a masters in history from PSU, Livingston. His leadership skills learned from the up there,” Livingston said. however, Parker has decided to retire. and play French horn for the Heartland Band. military helped him succeed in the classroom. “Teaching has been an excellent occupation, it “Legislation has so changed the face of teaching “It’s like coming to the end of a chapter in a “The best part of this job is getting to know helps you expand yourself and it’s just good for you.” that I don’t feel I can maintain the same level of educating as I once did,” he said. book, but you move on to the next one, wondering what’s in store,” he said. These six teachers have dedicated a combined total of 160 years in the Joplin School District.


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May 2011 6 PAGE sports Harryman steps down from softball position By Colin Hughes Kirk Harryman announced in February that he would not be returning as the softball coach next season. The main reason for stepping down was to spend more time with his family he said. The second reason was that the new MSHSAA rules would allow for an offseason baseball program to start in the fall. This also means that the softball team will be able to have a spring program while he is coaching baseball. Harryman says that he biggest accomplishment while with the softball team was taking the softball program from being a team that wasn’t talked about a lot to being one of the more successful sports at JHS. In his ten years as the head softball coach, Harryman’s teams won 8 of 10 conference titles and he compiled a record of 179-110. According to Harryman, his success is due to the hard work the players bring to the table. “I work hard so I expect the girls to work hard,” he said. “It also helps that we had some good players come through who bought into our philosophy. In Harryman’s 10 years at the helm, the team has changed drastically. “As a team we expect to show up and win games, and physically it is ice that we don’t share a field with the baseball team.” Until the softball field was built, the grass and pitchers mound were taken off of the baseball field and the softball team played on it. As for what he will miss the most, Harryman says it’s the competition. “I love the competition and Ill miss getting the girls ready to play,” he said. “And of course nobody gets into education without liking kids, so ill definitely miss the girls as well.” Track The JHS track team is looking to preform well in the distict meet next week and hopefully qualify runners for the sectional event on May 21. For this to happen, junior Ryan Davidson says that the team can improve on their handoffs in relay events. “We have been striving towards perfecting them and are excite with our chances heading into districts,” he said. Davidson also added that both distance runners and sprinters are looking promising headed into districts. According to Davidson, junior Mariah Sanders and senior Zach Bobbet have preformed well as pole vaulters. Davidson is also impressed with the freshmen talent this season. “Kilty Box and Matt Bennet have had very good times as for the boys and Celest Graves is a very good runner for the girls side,” said Davidson. All three are distance runners. SPYGLASS SPYGLASS sports 7May 2011 PAGE Baseball The Joplin High School baseball team is making progress according to head coach Kirk Harryman. “Were making progress just not as fast as I hoped for, but I think that come playoff time we’ll be a tough team to beat,” said Harryman. In order for the team to improve, Harryman says that the team’s pitching staff needs to continue to improve and get healthy. One thing the team is doing well is hitting The team’s .358 batting average is the 3rd highest in Harryman’s 12 years with the team. Harryman is also impressed with the sophomores who have stepped into varsity roles this season. “The sophomores have stepped in and given us a boost,” he said. “This group should be pretty good as they get older.” Spring Sports Briefs Boys Tennis The JHS tennis season has been a good one according to Senior Zach Cox. “We gradually got better as the season progressed,” he said of this year’s team. Cox said that for the team to improve they would only need to gain a bit more experience. “Four of our six varsity players are underclsssmen,” Cox said. “Five if you count Derek Carter who was unable to finish the season.” Cox added that Carter was having a very good season until he was injured while participating in the FBLA state competition in April. This year’s team had two freshmen who were on the varsity team. Luke Frogge and Edran Ali were very good for the team according to Cox. The team placed second in the Ozark Conference tournament on May 5. Girls Soccer The Joplin High School girls soccer team is learning from their competition this season in the Ozark Conference and is better than teams in the past according to coach Ed Miller. Miller says that for the team to improve, they need to find a way to score more goals. “Scoring more goals will give us more chances to win games,” Miller said. Miller also added that right now the team needs girls to step into the place of injured players and give the team a boost as they are playing the toughest competition of the season. He also said that freshmen Leighann Craig and Anna Banwart have had a positive impact on the team. “They have both started varsity all season for us and played a lot of important minutes,” he said. Boys Golf The JHS golf team finished its season on Thursday April 28 with the district meet at Millwood Golf Course in Springfield. “The season went well overall but our team fell just short at districts and didn’t qualify for sectionals,” said junior Jeff Herr. Herr also said the team needs to improve on their short game for next season. “Our guys can get it to the green but have trouble putting once they are there,” he said. Head Coach Jack Pace said that freshman Nick Yuhas and sophomore Griffen Locke were two young members of the team who had a positive impact at the varsity level this season. Tinney to continue football with the Lions Keegan Tinney signed with Missouri Southern for football to play wide reciever and kicker Tinney’s family and Coach Matt Harding are pictured. Lukey to play at Graceland Sticklen signs with Chicago Jozef Lukey signed with Graceland University in southern Iowa, for football to play tight end. Lukey’s mother and Mike Jenkins, 2010 JHS gradu- Sarah Sticklen signs with University of Chicago to play softball. ate and Graceland football player are pictured. Sticklen’s family and Coach Kirk Harryman witnessed the event. Bobbett to join Southern’s track program Zach Bobbit signs with Missouri Southern to pole vault while his family and Coach Kasey Pilar watch.


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May 2011 8 PAGE around jhs SPYGLASS SPYGLASS C o ns t i t u t io n Te am g o e s t o N at io n a ls JHS Musical:“Going to the White House after Osama Bin Laden’s death was truly amazing. Thousands of people, of all walks of life and political affiliation, were gathered together as Americans, rejoicing in our shared victory.” –Ryan Wood Cast: Man in Chair…..Brad White Mrs. Tottendale…..Mia Craigmile “Seeing our teacher climb a light pole in the middle of a rally at the White House was amazing. His passion for America and his students was shown as he led a “U.S.A.” Underling…..Ethan Ritschel Robert Martin…..Max Mammele chant, followed by hundreds of people. Despite all political differences, everybody George…..Brant Smith came together to support each other, and it was really amazing.” Feldzieg…..Cecil Cornish –Kasey Grant Kitty…..Emma Meek Gangster #1…..Jaytrick Carlos Gangster #2…..Zane Craigmile Adolpho…..John Fisher Janet Van De Graaf…..Mollie Sanders The Drowsy Chaperone…..Molly Baker Trix the Aviatrix…..Morgen Collins Superintendent…..Christopher Jones Reporter #1/Show Girl…..Tori Mitchell Reporter #2/Ensemble…..Alex Chesney Show Girls/Ensemble…..Leah Collins, DanielleCampbell, Taysom Wallace Ensemble…..Nikki Rowe, Taylor Haddad, Christy Hernandez, Sarah Matthews, Greg Morris, Tiffanie Allender, “Our experience at the White House during the rally after finding out about Osama Bin Laden’s death was truly memorable. In the crowd, surrounded by hundreds of people, it was a special sight to see so many people holding up patriotic flags and being unified singing patriotic songs. It was truly a memory of a lifetime.” –Urooge Boda Macaela Tennis, Erica Zeyn Technical Positions: Stage Manager…..David Purser Asst. Stage Manager…..Lauren Barker Student Directors…..Kelly Campbell & Sydney Holtsman Set Designers…..David Purser & Max Mammele Photos by Taylor Camden; Sean McWilliams Costumer Designer…..Magdalena Vargas Costume Co-Chief…..Sarah Phillips Props Chief….Taylor Haddad Props Co-Chief…..John Fisher Sound…..Sydney Holtsman & David Kershavez Make-Up…..Emma Meek & Tori Mitchell Publicity…..Lainie Nicolas, Mia Craigmile Morgen Collins, Brad White Costume Apprentices…..Molly Baker & Sarah Matthews around jhs The Drowsy 9May 2011 PAGE Chaperone ...other JHS student accomplishments Of the 22 high school seniors recognized in the 25th annual Joplin Globe Area Academic Team, three were from JHS. The three students recognized, and the teachers identified by them as helping them throughout the high school years were, David Purser, acknowledging Bonnie Schurman’s inspiration; Stewart Pence, recognizing Andy Ritter’s help; and Griffin Sonaty, paying tribute to Charles Parker. JHS sent 14 students to participate in the Missouri State FBLA Competition in Columbia, Missouri, April 17-19, 2011, with over 2,700 in attendance. National Qualifiers: Taylor Hughes, Julia Lewis, Emma Meek, David Purser, and Partnership with a Business Report, who teamed with Freeman Health System and Mrs. McGowen’s Business Leadership Technology Class. Photos by Lyndsay Cobb & Elisabeth Heimberg


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10May 2011 PAGE students SPYGLASS SPYGLASS Leaving friends behind and heading for college around jhs Superior Student Success 11May 2011 PAGE “It’s going to be weird not having a best friend where I’m going,” Story and photo by Miah Allison As quoted from the Baylor University website, “The purpose of the High School By Taylor Camden Summer Science Research Program (HSSSRP), an annual program established in 1991, Making the adjustment from high school is to give superior high school students hands-on research experience by working on to college is a big deal and can be very difficult for research projects with Baylor most. Especially those who come to the realization that their friends, some made during early years, may not be around as much anymore. For seniors Meg Carlisle, Alexa Wattelet, Taylor Costley, Jessie McMullen and Bethany LaMar, this reality is becoming more and more clear as the countdown to graduation and moving day both draw nearer. These five best friends have known each University science professors in many disciplines.” Siri Ancha, junior, applied to this research program knowing she had a 5-10% chance of actually getting in. Little did she know, Baylor thought she was a superior other as long as pre-school, but they became student and accepted her really close in middle school. Similar interests and application, giving her a spot in different activities brought them together such the program. as cheerleading and basketball. Outside of school “I plan on getting a activities, these five students have shared much more together. “They were there for me when my sister was really sick, I know we’ll always be there for each other,” said LaMar. “We’ve been through a lot together. Thankfully we never fight,” said Costley. After this summer, the girls will be leaving lot out of this experience,” said Ancha. She has spent her past high school summers, and expects to spend the rest, preparing for college and doing programs like the Baylor HSSSRP to further her knowledge. Last town. These students will be attending schools summer, 2010, Ancha was from Oklahoma State University, to the University entered in a four-week program of Arkansas, to Missouri State University. at the University of Chicago. “It’s going to be weird not having a best These programs are something friend where I’m going,” said Meg Carlisle. “We do everything together.” Statistics that claim teens will lose their best friends after high school can be difficult to face. But these girls are confident that their friendships will last. “I’m afraid we won’t be as close once we all leave, but I’m confident that won’t happen,” Ancha believes will impress the colleges. “This is important in the eyes of colleges. They’re going to ask you what you did during your summers,” said Ancha. When she gets asked this question Ancha expects to be fully prepared because of how college proactive she has been. said Wattelet. “We’ll probably all cry when we all Although Ancha wants to go to this program to add to her college application, have to leave. It’s going to be weird not seeing each other everyday.” Photo By Taylor Camden Pittsburg State University Sand + Plotter = Trip to Los Angeles Pittsburg, Kansas • www.pittstate.edu/summer By Keegan Tinney Michelle Barchak, a junior recently won 1st place in her category of engineering and math at the Missouri Southern State University Science Fair. In addition she took Photos Courtesy of M. Barchak Get a head start on your degree! 1st Grand Prize over all the categories and will travel to Los Angeles later this May for her Summer session enrollment OPEN NOW! version of a Sand Plotter she made. For those may who not know, a sand Call 1-800-854-PITT (7488) to enroll plotter is a device used to make designs in the sand, controlled by magnets, she said. While Barchak had seen many different kinds of sand plotters, she chose to construct one of her own. “I wanted to make a plotter that worked as an X,Y plane,” said • 4-week courses • 3 credit hours • 2 summer sessions Barchak. The sand plotter has four stepper motors and the operator can input functions and the plotter will plot the design in the sand. “It has about a 22” design plane,” said Barchak. Barchak says every time she moves the sand plotter to different locations, she must continue to check to make sure everything is aligned and working properly. After high school, Barchak plans to study in the field of engineering, but has not yet decided where she will go to college. • 1 way to get ahead! Must attend orientation to enroll for fall. she also expects to learn from the experience. “Any college is going to be able to provide me with state of the art technology and resources that I could never find here. I’m not only getting the college experience by living on campus, but I get to be a researcher as well,” said Ancha. Not only does she prepare for her future with spending her summers productively, she also puts hard work and dedication into her academics and after school organizations. “I study a lot. I like to take on an advanced course load, and I am involved in a lot of school organizations,” said Ancha. A lot her dedication goes into Speech and Debate. This year, Ancha succeeded in making it to Nationals in debate, which at first gave her an ultimatum. Nationals just so happened to be during the Baylor program. Fortunately for Ancha, she was able to take off from the program. “I’ll be taking two days off from the Baylor to debate at Nationals in Dallas. It’s convient because Nationals and Baylor are only an hour away,” said Ancha. She plans to continue debate throughout the rest of high school. With her gathered knowledge and experience, Ancha plans to pursue a career in he medical field, expanding the strengths of her superior high school student characteristics. “I’m set on med school, but I’m not yet sure if I want to be a doctor or a surgeon,” said Ancha. Ancha’s hard work and dedication has helped her succeed through high school so far, and eventually, will help her succeed through life. Online Masters Degree Programs Designed to Advance Your Career. Customized to Fit Your Schedule. Convenient. MET Engineering Technology MS Human Resource Development MS Educational Leadership Building Level MS Educational Technology Library Media or Technology Integration Specialist MS Reading Specialist Licensure or Classroom Reading Teacher MS Health, Human Performance and Recreation MS Teaching in ESOL Flexible. Practical. 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May 2011 12PAGE around jhs SPYGLASS SPYGLASS opinion 13May 2011 PAGE All ducted out New policies for the 2011-2012 school year See what JHS Spyglass Staff has to say about them Cell phones in the hallway By Miah Allison From hanging posters, to rebuilding cars and artillery, duct tape has been used for over 70 in the most extreme cases. Originally crafted in 1942to repair ammunition during World War II, duct tape has succeeding in helping those unsolvable problems around the world. To think that a strongly adhesive silver-gray cloth tape could adapt in over 20 different colors, and be used to make dresses could be seen as nonsense in 1942. But in 2011, duct tape succeeds in surprising users of its many uses. The Duct Tape brand contest, “Stuck at Prom,” is an online contest that challenges students to create and accessorize their prom outfits with duct tape for the chance to win scholarship money. Most high school students would not enjoy spending their pro experience in a dress or a tuxedo made out of pure duct tape. But unlike most high school students, Tisha Turner, senior, decided to do the unexpected and enter the contest. “At first, I didn’t think it was going to go so great,” said Turner. She had a long list of tasks to prepare for prom. Entering the contest not only meant making a dress of nothing but duct tape, but making all the accessories as well. By prom day, Turner had a corsage, dress, hair pins, flowers, and a tuxedo for her date, all made out of duct tape. Although the dress took what seemed to be like a quick three weeks, the process was By Shelby Hass Most of us are aware that technically (no pun intended), we aren’t supposed to have our cell phones out in school. I know what you’re thinking—yeah right. We are all guilty of it, even I am— pulling out our iPhones or Androids to text, get on Facebook, or play Fruit Ninja during class. Although this rebellious behavior has become the norm—we all know that the student handbook currently prohibits any use of these devices during class hours. Specifically stating “These devices must be in the off/silent position, not visible, between 8:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. on school days.” JHS is already considerably lucky compared to other area schools, whose policies often times do not allow them to possess such devices on school grounds. But what if our privileges were extended even further? For the 2011 to 2012 school year, a new Cell Phone Policy has been introduced, stating, “Student use of personally owned devices in the classroom setting will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher.” And “use of the devices in the hallways is the responsibility of the student.” For many students, this sounds like a dream come true. But since when did school become about gaming, listening to music, or texting? Don’t we all come here to learn? And if not that, don’t we at least come here for the social experience? Furthermore, the student handbook specifically states that the Joplin Board of Education’s ultimate goal is to encourage students to develop his/her maximum capability intellectually, physically, socially and vocationally. Although it can be argued that this new policy is counteractive to the Board of Education’s Mission Statement, in that it could encourage students to isolate themselves via music, video games, or playing on their cell phones, I personally don’t find it to be that big of a deal. Ultimately, I believe the new policy will simply reinforce the current use of electronic devices during school. Students already know there are certain classes they can get away with texting in, and others that they can’t. So with it being up to the discretion of the classroom teacher, students will most likely treat the policy the same way they already do. complicated. “As soon as we got it cut the way I wanted, it was Eagle Time Adjustment looking really good and I was excited,” said Turner. In order to By Lydia McAllister form, Turner had to spend over two hours making a duct tape mannequin of her body. Once it was finished, the dress could be It’s those dreaded 25 minutes. It’s the reason we keep our grades up and absences down. It’s the most boring stint of our day (for the most part). started. After over 25 rolls of duct tape, three stress filled weeks, I’m talking about Eagle Time, and next year ET will undergo a major facelift. and a lot of hard work, the dress was finished and the excitement began. “I think the most exciting part was walking up into prom. Everyone started noticing that it wasn’t actual fabric, it was duct “Eagle Time” will be no longer. Instead, it will be called 8th hour. As if that didn’t sound detestable enough, it is supposed to be on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s for 40 minutes—and that means Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will all be like Talon Time days… as in we will ALL be here until tape,” said Turner. The expressions and reactions that Turner 3:30. received because of the dress was worth all of the dedication. “This one girl came up to me and went ‘It looks like duct tape! What’s wrong with it?’ and I was like ‘It is duct tape. Nothing is wrong with it,’” said Turner. People were amazed at Does the school observe the parking lot on Wednesday’s when everyone gets in their cars to leave? It is an absolute madhouse. People are waiting to get out almost as long as Talon Time lasted. Some students have jobs and the nontraditional prom attire Turner decided to wear. others have sports. Having a rush hour parking “I think it was cool not to be ordinary,” said Turner. But the dress had it’s downfalls. I took three people and ten minutes to get in and out of the dress, and once she got to prom, Turner wasn’t the most comfortable person in the room. “It was so hot, I was dying standing still,” said Turner. “It was awkward to move in, and it was awkward to dance.” These downfalls still could lot three days a week will only hinder those student’s after-school activities. The incentive to get good grades (C and above) and come to class (no more than two absences in any class by mid-quarter), will also not outweigh the benefits of wearing a duct tape dress. downgrade because believe it or not, most kids “I like the fact that I knew no one else would have the same dress,” said Turner. She and her date might not be the winners of the contest, but they are winners of becoming different. From wallets to pencil cases, from starting a car to creating excitement, duct tape is a product that will be around for years. At least it will be in Tisha Turner’s 2011 prom pictures. DO NOT like to sit in a classroom for 25 minutes and stare at each other—because that’s what we do in Eagle Time. Nothing. Just the thought of being there for 40 minutes… I can’t even imagine the horror. So why not scrap the whole ET/8th hour charade? It is not constructive; it is an abhorrent end to our school day. Unless this “8th hour” will dramatically change JHS students lives, (which it won’t), why go through the trouble? We already know ET didn’t work.


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May 2011 14PAGE viewpoint SPYGLASS SPYGLASS staff 15May 2011 PAGE one student’s journey For those who think change is impossible: think again Senior Spyglass Staff Sign-off’s By Caravana Randall It happens to many of us, it’s a choice we make, never thinking of the consequences. Three years ago, when interact with the student body When making the usual pride that comes with putting I decided to transfer to Joplin and the Joplin community in schedule changes two years together a paper is something “From 2008 to 2009, the current (past-month) drug use rate among youths ages 12-17 increased from 9.3% to 10%, after six years of continued decline,” according to SADD statistics. I made the choice to use drugs when I was 12. It was a year of High School, I had no idea that countless ways. Taylor, you ago I had no idea that I would I would never have expected. this would be the best decision have been my right hand end up in a class that would Mrs. Crane and Mrs. White, I made in my life. Initially, I woman, and I trust that I have affect me for the rest of my thank you for helping me learn change-- I was moving to a new school with new people; and I had never been a people person. I had lost touch with my father, and began having anxiety attacks. After a couple months, I went to the doctor who thought I would only focus on left the paper in more than life. Through the Spyglass I and grow as a writer. Spyglass softball—I had no idea that adequate hands (I’ve already feel as though I have become staff, it’s been incredible. See prescribed the pill klonopin. “In 2008, 7.7 percent of teenagers abused a prescription drug,” as, said in the article “Abuse of Prescription Pills Among Teenagers”. At first I took the medication as prescribed. But after I noticed the programs such as the student newspaper and Constitution Team would create amazing begun to do so!). Teachers, coaches, and Ms. Day, thank you so much for welcoming more connected to the world of you later, alligator! journalism. Programs such as the newspaper keep students -Emma Meek effect it had on me I began to take more. It seemed to take everything away; the perfect solution to all my problems. Within a few months, I was discovering more prescription pills with stronger effects. For that year I spoke to no one about my new found happiness, not even the few experiences for me as well. I have thoroughly enjoyed editing the Spyglass for the me to Joplin High and helping motivated and connected. The me have a great high school experience. Well, well, well... Cartooning for Spyglass has been fun. This friends I had. After moving schools again the next year, I met more people and became more confident; now becoming violent, getting in several fights. Not caring about others in any way, I only worried about my “friend”, past two years, which has given me the opportunity to “job” has definitely given me experience on deadlines and paper -Sarah Sticklen cartooning in general. I look forward to KCAI and hope that this will help me on my quest for success. -TTFN, Augustus Oberg addiction and myself. By the end of the year, I lost all my newfound friends. This time I didn’t care; I just found more as I went along. The seniors this year have been phenomenal. Our staff has really grown into a great one, and we’re really going to miss these guys. Sarah has been “Most teens don’t think that they will become addicted, and simply use drugs or alcohol to have a good time and be more like their friends. the ideal editor for the past two years, supporting us in our story ideas and helping us learn from our mistakes. Emma has been our eyes and ears into the When teens become addicted they lose friends, develop health problems, start to fail in school, experience memory loss, lose motivation, and alienate their family and friends with their negative behaviors and often unpredictable emotional swings,” according to teen-drug-abuse.org. It wasn’t about finding true and caring friends anymore; it was about finding people to feed my addiction. I began drinking and in another year I was smoking marijuana. drama department, and Keegan into sports. Gus’ artistic and humorous editorial cartoons will be greatly missed. Each has brought talent and dedication to our publication, and contributed to the fun of working on each issue. We thank all these guys for their hard work on the newspaper and celebrate the issues they’ve helped to produce. You will not be forgotten. Best of luck to all our Spyglass seniors! I was having “the time of my life,” enjoying my high and all the things that came with it. Never allowing the high to leave, I was always on something all day, every day, even at school. When I did run out, I quickly found more. Once the high was gone, the problems were still there. The more I got high the less I dealt with the serious problems I had and the more the problems began to build up. Graduation Crossword It wasn’t until sophomore year in high school that my world began to crumble and the veil that covered my eyes was lifted for me to see the truth. My family and I had lost our home and had to live with another family member until we got back on our feet. It was at this time I used more than I ever had before. But it no longer soothed my pain. I would wake up every morning in a house that wasn’t my own, feeling like an intruder in someone else’s life, but I kept doing the only thing I knew to do to cope-drugs. The day came when a close family member decided to get help for themselves in rehab. I remember crying that day, not because they were leaving; but because I would lose my main drug dealer. I had to stay with my grandmother for a time. The first night I was there, she asked to hold Goodbye to our JHS my meds, which I had already consumed and the month was not nearly over. I made up an excuse, I found my “emergency” stash and took them 2010-2011 seniors! all. The next morning I realized that I may have gone to far with my drug use. After that moment, I began to stay clean. For the first few months I was alone trying to figure out how I could manage to do this. I had no one to turn to; only to sit alone with my own thoughts. It was hard but I pushed through. Later, I found Narcotics Anonymous, which helped me tremendously. I began to realize there was a different way to live and I liked this new way of life. Things were hard but it was worth it. I had to change Good bye seniors my people, places, and things and really start to care about my life. As I did this, I started to become the person I wanted to be in life. I began to care more for others and found true friends. I found activities that I actually enjoyed, and learned how to deal with problems in life instead of pushing them away. My life has totally changed; and it’s still changing today. It was my choice to use drugs and I had to make the choice to quit. This decision changed my whole life and saved me from an early death. Today, I am over a year clean and I now work to spread the message of recovery to those who are lost. For those who think they can’t or think it’s too hard, I’m here to say you can. By Shelby Hass


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